On November 2nd, the University of Toronto Students’ Union reported hidden razor blades behind posters placed across the St. George campus to the U of T administration—the posters allegedly contained white supremacist content.
A Facebook post, directed to the U of T community at large, asked that individuals take extreme caution when handling the posters.
“We recently learned that there are razor blades hidden behind the white supremacist posters currently on campus,” the post stated, “Please be extremely careful. We’ve contacted the university administration and will provide updates as they become available.”
Since this post, no other updates have been provided on the UTSU Facebook account.
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union also posted a public Facebook message asking victims of the razor blades to consult a healthcare provider and to report their injuries to the Campus Police.
“We have been told that there are white nationalist posters across the St. George campus with harmful remarks on them. Some folks who have tried taking them down have been cut by razor blades hidden behind the posters.”
The Medium contacted Mathias Memmel, the president of UTSU, for further comment on the posters and reports of razor blades. He stated that the reports of “razor blades hidden behind white supremacist posters” were made on several occasions by members of the public.
“Several members of the public independently raised concerns about the posters,” said Memmel, adding that UTSU immediately raised concerns to the administration, who have since been working with the Toronto Police Service.
Memmel also explained that despite initial reports, neither the university nor the Toronto Police have been able to validate whether razor blades were embedded in the posters.
“The Toronto Police Service and the University of Toronto Campus Police have been unable to confirm the existence of razor blades,” he said.
In the past, U of T has been troubled by similar racially-motivated events. In September 2015, posters calling for a “White Students’ Union” were distributed across the St. George campus. Student club posters on the Hart House building were also defaced with anti-Indigenous slurs. Earlier this year, graffiti of a swastika was removed by UTM’s Campus Police in a Davis elevator.
The University of Toronto has not released a statement regarding the razors or the posters as of press time.